Our History

Since 1980 we’ve been supplying wines from all over the world to customers across the UK and beyond. The wine and spirit market has changed hugely since we started, throwing plenty of challenges our way.

1980

Lanchester Wine Cellars Ltd is incorporated by Tony and Veronica Cleary, running the business from their living room on Meadow Way, Lanchester, in County Durham

1991

Lanchester Wines buys the Old Court House in Lanchester and occupies the offices above the library.

1993

We achieve bonded status, meaning we can now hold and supply alcohol under duty suspension.

2000

We move up the hill to Greencroft and buy the derelict Industrial Estate, bringing our warehouse and office together for the first time.

2003

The Greencroft Bottling Company is established as a contract wine bottling facility. This means Lanchester Wines can now bottle our own brand wines using the facilities at our sister company Greencroft Bottling’s new bottling lines. Our brand Waters Edge is the first to be filled and it continues to be a customer favourite to this day.

2007

We diversify into wine gifting, starting with a small range of gift boxes. Over the years, Lanchester Gifts has evolved to become , supplying world class food and drink gifts and hampers both direct-to-trade and direct-to-consumer.

 

2008

We begin our green initiative starting by building our new offices and facilities on the Greencroft Estate. This includes our reception showroom, meeting and board rooms, catering kitchen and tasting room.

Our extension is powered by solar panels, heated using air source heat pumps, kept cool with heat control windows  and lit with automatic lighting.

2010

We celebrate 30 years of trading and build our front warehouse extension using energy saving roller shutters and lighting.

2013

We purchase our second warehouse site in Felling, Gateshead, take delivery of three brand new Nissan Leaf EVs and install car chargers.

 

 

 

2015

Our three Gateshead warehouses are now all renovated which, combined, provide 920,000ft2 (85,500m2) of Class A bonded warehouse space. A new, bespoke enterprise resource planning (ERP) computer system continues to benefit the group through an enhanced bonded warehouse system and stock management.

 

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